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Jul 26 2017

Cool Off At 14 Philadelphia Hotel Pools This August

Center City & University City Hotels Offer The Perfect Base For A Staycation

Philadelphia’s hot, hot, hot summer temperatures show no signs of declining in August, making it a great time for regional residents to consider a staycation at one of the many city hotels offering pool access. After touring the town, hotel guests can lounge among the skyscrapers on the 24th floor of the downtown Windsor Suites or take a lap or two at the posh pool of AKA University City—just two of many alluring pool options in the city’s sandbox.

Most of the hotels featured here offer the perks-packed Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, which always comes with

Jun 14 2017

Summer Brings Seasonal Perks For The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

Visitors Now Receive Dining Discounts, Plus Indego & PHLASH Passes Return

The popular Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package returns for the summer with seasonal perks, plus its ever-valuable and convenient free hotel parking. Bookable now at, the summer edition runs from June 16 to September 4, 2017.

For stays beginning June 16, guests receive: free hotel parking; passes for Indego, the City of Philadelphia’s bike-sharing program; tickets for the PHLASH downtown loop, stopping at more than 20 Philly attractions; $20 for use at any of Chef Jose Garces’ Philadelphia restaurants; $20 toward dinner at the Moshulu, a restaurant within a Tall Ship permanently docked at Penn’s Landing; and roller

Jun 6 2017

Philadelphia's Classic Fourth Of July Celebration Turns 25

Wawa Welcome America! Includes Four Fireworks Shows, Four Concerts, Free Museums, Boyz II Men & Mary J. Blige

Welcome America turns 25 this year, and Philadelphia is planning a six-day Independence Day festival to celebrate. As always, a birthday party of this magnitude can take place only in the United States’ birthplace—Philly. From June 29 through July 4, 2017, Wawa Welcome America! includes four spectacular fireworks shows, a bigger Historic District Block Party, a delicious Wawa Hoagie Day and a huge July 4th concert—this time, starring Mary J. Blige. Also on the docket: Free Museum Days, outdoor movies—including Rocky on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps—and new alfresco happy hours.

To take in all the patriotic

May 3 2017

Philadelphia's Historic District Gears Up For A Revolutionary Summer

New Museum, New Hotel & New Concert Make The Original City A Must This Summer

The just-opened Museum of the American Revolution brings the United States’ war for independence into today’s consciousness, using rarely seen relics, the original George Washington Headquarters Tent, dozens of arms, uniforms, artifacts, documents and historical vignettes of ordinary Americans to tell the extraordinary story of the nation’s founding. But the new museum isn’t the only reason to visit Philadelphia’s Historic District this summer. The Historic District consists of the Old City, Society Hill and Delaware River Waterfront neighborhoods, extending from the Delaware River to 7th Street and Vine Street to Lombard Street.

The District’s summer lineup of must-do events

Jun 3 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Breaks Records For Center City Hotels

Crowds In Historic Philadelphia, Special Events & Exhibitions & Great Weather Played A Part

Center City hotels were full this Memorial Day weekend with both Saturday and Sunday seeing the highest occupancies for those nights in at least a decade.

Overall Weekend Hotel Occupancy:

  • Friday: 82.8% (+5% from 2015 when occupancy was at 78.5%, source: Smith Travel Research)
  • Saturday: 98.0% (+1.4% from 2015 when occupancy was at 96%, source: Smith Travel)
  • Sunday 93.4% (+21.1% from 2015 when occupancy was at 77%, source: Travel Click 2016)

“Memorial Day weekend is the start of the summer tourism season, and what a great one it was for Philadelphia thanks to so many factors in Historic Philadelphia and

Mar 24 2016

New Season Means New Perks For The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

Popular Package Now Includes Indego & PHLASH Bus Passes, Along With Free Hotel Parking

The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package has always included free hotel parking, but the popular offer now also comes with perks that make it easier to get around the city. For a limited time, package buyers will receive free passes for Indego, the City of Philadelphia’s bike-sharing program, and free tickets for the PHLASH downtown loop, making stops at more than 20 attractions in Center City. It is bookable at

“There is so much going on in Philadelphia during the warmer-weather months, and we want our visitors to be able to do as much of it as possible,”

Jul 16 2012

Popular Philly Overnight® Hotel Package Goes Mega For The Month Of August

Package Includes Two Tickets For Return Trip To Philly

For one month only, the popular Philly Overnight® Hotel Package is going mega. Visitors who book the Mega Philly Overnight Hotel Package for a stay in the month of August get accommodations for two nights and free hotel parking as usual, along with a voucher for two roundtrip tickets for a return trip to Philadelphia. The package is available at more than 45 hotels in the city and region, and it’s bookable at

The free tickets to and from Philadelphia are valid through March 15, 2013 from the following 14 cities: Boston, MA; Buffalo, NY; Buffalo

May 15 2008

The Philadelphia Region's $2 Million Tourism Campaign Woos Summer Travelers With History, Fun And Affordable Getaways

GPTMC Summer Advertising

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) announced a $2 million summer marketing campaign to promote Philadelphia and The Countryside® to travelers seeking history, fun and affordability. On June 1, the tourism organization will debut new Philly’s More Fun™ and Historic Philadelphia advertising campaigns, emphasizing a variety of summer experiences and value-driven hotel packages.

“With gas prices taking a bite out of visitors’ discretionary income, we want to send the message that Philadelphia is an exciting, accessible destination that’s also affordable,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, GPTMC. “And once in town, visitors can easily get around on foot or


Archived Releases

May 6 2015

New Philly Hotel Deal Offers VIP Access To Must-See Impressionism Exhibit At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art This Summer

Major Perk: Visit-Anytime Tickets For Discovering The Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel And The New Painting

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has partnered with 15 area hotels to offer a one-night Discovering the Impressionists Hotel Package, which includes two visit-anytime tickets for its summer exhibition, Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, on view from June 24 through September 13, 2015. Philadelphia is the only U.S. city to showcase the blockbuster show, featuring nearly 100 works by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Cassatt and others.

In addition to the one-night hotel stay and two VIP tickets for the exhibit, the package includes special discounts for select museum gift shops and a complimentary dessert with

May 30 2012

Philly's Summer Hotel Packages Are Ready For Booking

One Major Package Perk: Attraction & Exhibition Tickets

Hotels throughout the Philadelphia region are offering packages to promote popular attractions and special exhibitions running through the spring and summer seasons. Deals to pamper out-of-towners—or even locals—are citywide, giving those spending the night plenty of time to explore the city. Here are some of the packages now available through the summer and beyond:

Be a Kid Again Getaway Package:
Hotels: More than 20 participating hotels
Package Overview: Guests who book a two-night hotel stay and buy at least two Elmo’s ANY 2-Day Tickets get front-of-line Abby’s Magic Queue passes for their party.
Other Perks: Free family photo at

Feb 27 2012

Nine Summer Stories In Philadelphia

2012 Highlights: Major Museum Openings, Religious Exhibits, MLS All-Star Game & Arts Galore

New Museums Add Even More Cultural Cred
This summer, the Barnes Foundation’s Philadelphia campus marks its first full season on the culturally rich Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Home to one of the world’s greatest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, the Barnes Foundation’s new building combines the vision of original owner Dr. Albert Barnes with a contemporary and green execution. In view of the Barnes, the Rodin Museum will reopen this summer after a major renovation and welcome visitors to stand in awe of The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell, plus wander around the beautiful outdoor

Aug 12 2010

Two Hotel Deals, Two Last-Chance Exhibits & Four Weeks Of Fireworks Add Up To An Even Hotter Summer In Philadelphia

Fireworks Run Through Labor Day Weekend & The Hotel Discounts Won’t Last Long

As summer winds down, Philly gears up with end-of-season deals at two great Center City hotels and some fun must-dos, including weekly fireworks over the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing. The end of summer also marks visitors’ last chance to take in some big exhibitions and fun happenings, including Late Renoir at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the James A. Michener Art Museum’s Icons of Costume: Hollywood’s Golden Era.

Hotel Specials:

  • To celebrate its Travel + Leisure rankings as the #52 hotel in the world and the #10 hotel in the U.S., The Rittenhouse Hotel invites their guests
Jun 10 2010

Philly Boasts More Renoir Works Than Any City In The World This Summer; New Hotel Package Makes It Easy To See Them All

Package Includes Untimed Tickets For The Barnes Foundation & Philadelphia Museum Of Art

Renoir fans, consider your vacation planned! This summer, Philadelphia will boast more Renoir works than any other city in the world thanks to Late Renoir, displaying 100 pieces at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from June 17-September 6, 2010, and the Barnes Foundation, which always houses the largest collection of the Impressionist’s works. To make it easy for art-loving visitors, the Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have created the Summer with Renoir Hotel Package, which includes untimed tickets to both museums. Here are the details of this special offer, the first hotel package collaboration by these two

May 14 2010

Philly Hotel Packages To Please Every Member Of The Family

Package Perks: Free Hotel Parking, Tour Tickets, Food Discounts & More

Families getting their fill of fun in Philly this summer will need to spend a couple of nights or more in town in order to get it all in, and new and classic hotel packages, which all come with free hotel parking, enable them to do just that. Here’s a sampling of the family-friendly hotel options available at

Please Touch Museum Play & Stay – This package allows a family of four to play all day at the Please Touch Museum® (tickets valued at $60), one of the nation’s premier children’s museums, and stay at one of the

May 15 2008

Two New Hotel Packages And An Old Favorite Give Philly Visitors Affordable Options For Summer Travel

Partnership With American Express Puts $50 In Travelers’ Pockets

Responding to a national trend that has consumers watching their dollars, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation announces the availability of three affordable hotel packages for the busy summer travel season. The Philly’s More Summer Fun Hotel Package pairs a hotel stay with a $50 gift card from American Express, while the Animal Discoveries Hotel Package includes accommodations for four, tickets to popular attractions and free parking. In addition to these two new packages, the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package is as popular as ever and still includes free hotel parking.

Here’s the lowdown on each of the packages:

  • The Philly’s
Jan 22 2008

10 Ways To Wake Up In Philly

Find A Hotel Package For Every Mood

With so much to do in Philadelphia, visitors will want to sleep over so they don’t miss a thing. And with pleasant weather ushering in even more events—and a hotel package that gives guests a $50 gift—there’s even more to fit into a Philly trip. Fortunately, there are a number of hotel packages to choose from on and beyond that are perfect for late nights and more fun. Here’s a sampling of 10 great options:

Seasonal Fun:
Philly’s More Summer Fun Hotel Package – Visitors who book this two-night package receive a $50 American Express gift card that